About Suicide

  • Colorado’s suicide rate is the 8th highest in the U.S.
  • On average, one person in Larimer County dies from suicide every 4 to 5 days.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • More people die from suicide than homicide.

Suicide demographics

  • Men are four times more likely to die from suicide than women.
  • Over half of all suicides occur in adult men, aged 25-65.
  • In Colorado, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24.
  • People over 65 have the highest rate of suicide.

Suicide and Mood Disorders
(Depression and Bipolar Disorder)

  • Over 90% of the people who die from suicide suffer from a mental illness, most commonly a mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder.
  • Mood Disorders are common
    • 15% of people suffer from Major Depression sometime during their life.
    • 3% of people suffer from Bipolar Disorder.
  • People with a mood disorder are at greater risk for suicide
    • 15% of people with Major Depression die from suicide.
    • 20% of people with Bipolar Disorder die from suicide.
  • Depression and Bipolar Disorder are both very treatable illnesses. If we can recognize and treat these illnesses, we can save lives!

For more information contact our office for one of our free resource guides, Coping with a Mood Disorder, Hope for Today, or Suicide Grief Support Guide.